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they'll swap to seal that hole and all the other gaps on the ship so that once it's partially raised they'll be able to pump out the water from the ship making it light enough to raise it more easily a very complex operation visibility in the water is very poor for the divers there's a lot of algae in the water at this time and so it's proving to be a drawn out process but one that is crucial for all those people waiting for answers a mountain of cuddly toys never to be played with they the flowers and candles are testament to the children among those who drowned when the pleasure boat the belgariad sank in the volga last sunday. we started together for a year she never had arguments with anyone she was a very kind girl and was always ready to help. the ship sank in just three minutes turning a summer afternoon on the river into a scene of horror. is that people were basically buried alive in giant metal coffin
we managed to get out through the windows i was there with my ten year old daughter i couldn't rescue her she swallowed too much water when i was pulled out i realized my child was gone in the chaos to escape many other families were also torn apart one five year old boy lost his mother and grandmother and was only kept afloat by a man who grabbed his hand another man unable to hold on to his son in the strong current oil slick had to watch him drown in front of him yuri was the deejay for the disco on the bottom deck he only just managed to escape. and i remember clearly that water was rising very quickly it was a matter of seconds i survived because we saw a broken window and the sailors started pushing people out through it at that moment we've pushed me up on the surface and then i saw that the board was. already
underwater. over half the bulgaria's two hundred eight passengers and crew including the captain his wife and child never made it out meanwhile as the arabella another pleasure boat arrived at the scene she was surrounded by people screaming and drowning unable to reach the banks of the vast river three kilometers away. as we approached it was hard to distinguish in the dark water people who were alive from the rubble that was floating around people were in panic when we rescued them in a state of shock some suffering from other traumas they were all covered in oil fuel that was leaking from the sunken ship it was a terrifying picture i have to say despite a huge search and rescue operation after the initial survivors were picked up a few others were found the divers and cranes working in this water have been trying to recover just something of the lives lost and families destroyed in those few terrible minutes but they've also been working on the question that cost so
much why did the bulgaria sink and sink so fast. as the list of bodies recovered from the ship grew so did the number of revelations about an aging dangerous and badly managed vessel eyewitnesses and people connected with the ship came forward with damning accounts of its poor condition and the stingy management who forced it to keep sailing. i became captain of the vessel in two thousand and seven the ship had been renovated for a while before that there were big problems with the engines and power generators repeatedly mention that to the management and even had an argument with them portal thora t. say they were lied to the ship was only supposed to carry one hundred forty people but was loaded with over two hundred they were told it was carrying twenty more tales of bound including a broken engine electricity generators failing so that no s.o.s. signal or tunnel instructions could be issued and blocked emergency exits criminal
cases have been opened and arrests being made into the bulgaria sinking and more controversially into why two ships which reached the scene before the arabella didn't pick up a single person but reports the crew members instead took pictures on their mobile phones. all the passengers were shocked there were about seventeen people on a raft many had cuts and injuries that were bleeding we yelled for help i saw the board passers by in a different direction towards. the slow process of raising the bulgaria has now started up with it will come the potential for answers but also terrible memories in particular associated with the ship's plane or a group of children were gathered when the ship sank. just some of the young victims in what will go down as one of russia's worst and most of voidable shipping disasters tom bottom. when the captain of
you're watching that we see the former. british. police investigating allegations of phone hacking a. person to be detained in connection with. the now defunct news of the world it comes as prime minister david cameron admitted he's held a more than twenty. year is now desperately trying to rescue news corps. today the media. apology for the phone hacking scandal he already admitted. doing on the pages of british newspapers the family of a murdered teenager was intercepted and. it is a watershed moment for the cozy relationship between politicians and press. even. when imitates life the long running simpsons takes.
rupert murdoch. burns in an episode broadcast apparently coincidentally this week. but it's not the only old piece of timing in the extraordinary phone hacking case that seems to get more scandalous every day the list of something like four thousand and nine which the police have have since about two thousand and four two thousand and five and yet they promise facie evidence of criminal activity by these individuals and boy by the murdoch empire and yet they have not acted on it so why now just as the murdoch deal to take control of satellite t.v. giant b. sky b. sure to go ahead his arch rival the guardian newspaper releases catastrophic allegations of amoral journalists and their shady practices that when the deal collapses the times for example which currently loses money you could have
transferred some of the profits from. investing in the times and if you are for example the guardian or the daily telegraph you would welcome that it's not just rival newspapers who stand to gain from murdoch's empire crumbling the b.b.c. could retake t.v. territory lost to b. sky b. and the labor party which was wounded by years of relentless attacks by murdoch papers can finally take revenge but where will all this lead be. producing. you know. that would suit the government just fine the british press is famous for its sharp teeth and no holds barred doggedness particularly where it government is concerned prime minister david cameron has all but shut down the press complaints
commission and already. talks of statutory controls to govern print journalists back in springfield mr burns. as the townspeople put up their own newspaper and he's almost right we. can truly the media. rupert murdoch he is really beautiful murdoch found as did mr burns that you just can't borrow all the newspapers those outside his control have been gunning for him think it is and this time they may have succeeded just as he looks set to consolidate control over a lot section of the e.u. case media markets the drugs being pulled out from under him and it's all over the hidden scandal now revealed that the police have known about it for years you were at it. and i still have for you this hour here are two worries about debt default examine why the u.s. is on the brink of a financial nightmare and what it might do to try and avoid it. and the desire of
palestinian settlement that's due to be turned into a luxury community for israelis. a new round of nato airstrikes has rattled the suburbs of the libyan capital tripoli as colonel qaddafi vowed never to leave his country in the face of assaults by the alliance and the rebels this comes after the opposition became the legitimate authority in the country in the eyes of more nations the u.s. and more than thirty other states recognize them at a diplomatic meeting on friday saying they would deal with them until an interim government is in place recognition by the contact group on libya also gives the rebels access to billions of dollars of khadafi is frozen assets in u.s. banks political commentator ted rall says the move is a radical shift from the international standpoint. the united states usually doesn't extend diplomatic recognition to a regime that is not in the capital that isn't it doesn't even seem likely to be
able to achieve any time soon. but you can look at the situation in afghanistan during the one nine hundred ninety six to two thousand and one civil conflict there between the taleban in the northern alliance the northern alliance were the former regime that had power in kabul and they enjoyed diplomatic relations with the west even though the taleban controlled ninety five percent of the country it's almost just wishful thinking and frankly if i were a diplomat i would find it disturbing it's a bizarre situation if the u.s. knows who these people are they're not seeing and certainly there's no doubt that traditionally there's always been a very high component of jihadi even around benghazi so it's realistic to assume that that is not still the case the u.s. has an amazing habit of shipping skids full of hundred dollar bills to third world countries and expecting them to end up in the right hands this time really going to happen while the high level recognition of the rebels may boast of the spirit but
it's a different story in a combat phase fighting for a key eastern oil town has ended with heavy casualties among the opposition that is authorized on your bushel reports it's a thought that france is now trying the talking tactic with the libyan regime after failing to deliver a knockout blow to khadafi. books is like bragging they'll destroy their opponents they're often wrong and gets a surprise. french foreign minister ship a posted france would be a encroached days weeks the wars into a fourth month no final round inside nicolas sarkozy with his western allies seeing short their little opponents fighting back well it's not just an embarrassment for sarkozy it's an embarrassment for all nato for the whole west paris even admits being libya's rebels but on some somalia. wench to libya for
training within the last two or three years. documented we have to fly records and everything else so it seems strange in many ways the whole western support of some of the rebel groups in libya must be questioned because in some cases i think we are effectively arming al-qaeda. it's all making a mockery of the un vote on foreign intervention in the country. giving. none of. this. witnesses nato bombing of libya is causing widespread atrocities for every one military person that was supposedly a casualty there were ten civilians frauds categorically ruled out sending troops protect predict is the only way they'll to break the libyan deadlock the moves the splitting the nato coalition silvio berlusconi head of key partner italy admits
invading libya was a mistake russia abstained did the us vote warning bombs would bring havoc in libya which would you pay said the latest tool to counterpart sergei lavrov will quote. with elections just moisten months away thought voices said a successful war could resurrect his chills is instead one paper roy's libya's becoming a slow motion crash for france's deeply unpopular president. because these are jogging for excessive sweating is on the stern double this is libyan spring is turning into a new bushel altie paris. we're highlighting the week's top stories here on the weekly about same time is running out for american politicians to agree on the next move in sorting out its soaring debt the deadline to lift the nation's fourteen point three trillion dollars debt ceiling is looming ever closer as lawmakers
struggle to find a compromise president obama is urging democrats and republicans to ignore their differences to avert armageddon leading credit rating agencies saying there's a risk the u.s. could fail to resolve the deadlock quickly or effectively and even if the budget is approved fundamental just say it's unlikely to solve america's debt. you know and the state already has been downgraded in the world markets every i'm not the only person who knows it the united states is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world look at the value of the u.s. dollar is down fairly significantly over the past few years they have to increase again ceiling for the moment there's no question about that their choice though for the future is they've got to take an x. no they've got to take a change so to government spending and do something about it they're not going to do that they might announce they're going to do it for this to get the budget ceiling passed but it's i going to have any effect everybody sees that washington
is not going to solve this problem and more and more people are looking for something to replace the u.s. dollars. well things are a little better in europe with italy now the focus of attempts to stop the eurozone from falling into oblivion approved a tough seventy billion euro cuts back into avoid the need to ask for a bailout it's the euro zone's third largest economy could prove too big for its neighbors to save meanwhile eight out of ninety european banks have failed stress tests to see if they could survive another financial crisis british m.p. paul not whole believes the latest developments prove the single currency union is simply not working. this was always about politics it was not about economics the idea that you could have a column in the mediterranean in line with economies like germany fast growing economies like germany was never going to work the only way to get out of this mess is for those countries to go back home to the international court and see the value growth moving. into exports going in at the moment they can't reduce their debt
because they couldn't see these are controlled by frankfurt they're controlled by the european central bank they're not controlled by athens or lisbon even though we see the people out on the streets in athens and i just wonder how long it will be before the people are out in the streets in rome and in lisbon and in tokyo and this thing is contagious this thing will move right across the continent specifically in the mediterranean and the bigger issue now facing your opinion is this really really is the third largest economy in the eurozone it lays largest economy in the world i think the eurozone can actually cope with greece and portugal the smaller economies if italy goes the whole thing could cave in because if italy goes it's always economy is intertwined with spain's and of spain and italy go then we are in serious trouble. you were the head of the program including square.
right. as we're doing that weekly looking at the best headlines of the week let's pause for a moment and check out some international headlines of today the u.s. led coalition has started handing over control of some of afghanistan's territories to local security forces the central region has become the first of seven areas where that's happened ahead of the end of nato operations in the country in two thousand and fourteen senior ministers and foreign ambassadors visiting the province which remained relatively peaceful throughout the. venezuelan president hugo chavez. treatment including chemotherapy more malignant cells have been found after he had surgery to remove a tumor from a region he's transferred to his ministers during his absence didn't agree to opposition calls for a temporary handover of all presidential. battle with cancer has raised doubts over
his fitness to lead the country but officially he still plans to run for reelection next year. egypt's prime minister has begun a major. public protests demanding political reform again in the country the foreign minister has resigned while two new deputy prime ministers have been appointed. being forced to make changes after widespread little appears to have changed since president mubarak was ousted. in the struggle for land rights in israel there's one place that still a territory and used to be a flourishing palestinian community but now israelis are eyeing it up as a luxury getaway. as this story. this old in the mountains of jerusalem are the remains of a once bustling arab community only the memories of those who once lived here have survived intact i feel is not only having to come back and to bring.
my village. to see the hobson's the world this rain also to remind. my tire that. your coup de graff among the cacti and figure trees but in one nine hundred forty eight just before the state of israel was declared his family evacuated unlike the hundreds of arab villages that disappeared in forty eight and sixty seven most of the original houses of lifter are still here so they really were headed sure thing . and child to mama. they will shoot do they do with the whole the whole deal with the hope that they will shoot. our mother took us inside the room in a corner and then the playground so as to protect us here cook was one of seven hundred thousand palestinians who became a refugee in one nine hundred forty eight his childhood home was quickly absorbed
by the newly established jewish state almost livable as the man who lived his house in london for nevertheless if he was forced to do just because he was three attend he is considered as absentee and he lost the property in the early one nine hundred fifty s. jews moved into the abandoned homes like you and your husband's parents they were also refugees fleeing arab countries we life had become dangerous after israel was created these raided government sent him to live in lifter your nieces to prevent arab owners from returning or in the came here on me for believe here years without water without electricity came here to the land for their memory here as a very important most of the original two hundred jewish families lived because life in the mountains was difficult and the government was slow to develop the area no one has lived in these houses for forty six years all that remains are stone walls where wild flowers and grass now grow lifter is empty. and it's into
that emptiness that the israeli government now plans to build more than two hundred luxury homes a chicago tel shops and a museum insisting they'll preserve the area's history we will find ourselves with a neighborhood where history has been conserved there will also be documentation and the story will be told of who lived there as we do in all the neighborhoods of jerusalem but maybe luckier could say it's palestinian land and a double injustice why you want to destroy our house and. yeah me. for a day or three world came from anywhere in this way i can move in my village and come back. return back to my freedom and live. this new me. and. so i'm going for palestinians lifta
is a physical reminder of injustice and survival but for a fair number of israelis it's an eyesore and they'd rather not be reminded of what happened here every time they drive into jerusalem policy r t lift. you with us here live from the heart of the russian capital and several of moscow's streets are impossible right now but not because of the notorious traffic jams they've been sealed off to temporarily become the realm of the fast and the furious have a look at this. moscow city racing show was at full throttle and a four wheeled frenzy seem to i was pushing the pedal to the metal and doing it television's top gear team were there to kick it all off rather push it off as they sent us on lucky punching seventy meters at the end of a bungee and yes there was somebody inside a female member of the audience so hopefully well strapped in both women and machinery most unscathed and even though the heavy rain couldn't stop filming i
vision disciplinary on. the. words. to the penitentiary system transform a criminal into a law abiding citizen. in prison. life behind bars. forty two thousand americans die each year from car accidents only a thousand. seven hundred thousand people are there and thirty two thousand will kill themselves cancer kills five hundred sixty thousand of us a year disease is even more devastating it kills over eight hundred seventy thousand americans every year. wealthy british style holds.
today's top stories on the review of the week the weekly rescue. crews are from the bottom of the. happened in the. sea in the u.k. . as part of investigations into phone hacking and police bribery at the news of the world the media mogul has repeated his apologies for. this is by the newspaper . libyan rebels now
have full of diplomatic recognition from washington. and in the u.s. meanwhile. in the capital tripoli in an effort to oust the libyan leader. as america faces up to the possibility of default europe's debt crisis. the u.s. congress needs to raise the debt ceiling to avoid. needing. we hear from the captain of a vessel whose crew leapt to the rescue of survivors in the tragedy from last week . captain is out and thank you very much for this interview was the first to come to the rescue of the sinking cruise ship bulgaria how did you get to know about the tragedy. yes we were the first to help and we were sailing in the same direction as
the bulgaria and we picked up on the radio just bits of conversations between some ships we couldn't make out what the ships were but we heard them talk of seeing people overboard and speculating that it looked like a boat or a small ship had capsized once we heard that we put on more speed to get there faster when we did arrive at the tragedy site we saw terrible things and only when we realized that it was the pleasure boat area that it sunk did the true scope of the disaster strike us. how long did it take you to get to the scene. but you know i would say about five to ten minutes fifteen at most from the moment we heard the radio talk but it all happened very quickly as we were nearing the site we began to figure out how many people there were in the water although that was hard to do because there was a lot of rubble floating around as well it was very hard to pick out individual people from among the floating debris it was truly a tragic picture that we saw what condition where.